Is it safe to meet at Christmas? UK CMOs issue warning in letter to health workers | UK | News (Reports)

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Writing in a letter released today, the Chief Medical Officers of the four home nations wrote about a potential spike in cases due to the Christmas policy.

England’s CMO, Professor Chris Whitty, teamed up with Doctors Michael McBride, Gregor Smith and Frank Atherton, the CMOs for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales respectively, to issue an update to the healthcare profession ahead of winter.

They spoke of incoming Covid cases, vaccines and research, and warned Christmas respite would increase the NHS workload.

They wrote: “The social mixing which occurs around Christmas may well put additional pressure on hospitals and general practice in the New Year and we need to be ready for that.

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